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Prince Is Reportedly Dead At 57

According to authorities, Prince was found unresponsive inside the elevator of his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Cause of death has yet to be determined. Which Jay Z Album Are You? Which Jay Z Album Are You? Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson, & More Read Kanye West’s Most Dramatic Tweets Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson, & More Read Kanye West’s Most Dramatic Tweets Fetty Wap Inspires Young Fan To Be His True Self Fetty Wap Inspires Young Fan To Be His True Self Remembering Nina Simone: 5 Moments That Stole Our Hearts Remembering Nina Simone: 5 Moments That Stole Our Hearts Forbes Releases 2016 List Of The Richest People In The World Forbes Releases 2016 List Of The Richest People In The World Kobe Bryant’s Biggest MVP Moments, On And Off The Court Kobe Bryant’s Biggest MVP Moments, On And Off The Court Home » The Sound » Prince Is Reportedly Dead At 57 Prince Is Reportedly Dead At 57 Comments: 1 | Leave A Comment Apr 21, 2016 By Blog Xilla FacebookTwitterMore 2015 American Music Awards - Show Source: Kevin Winter / Getty UPDATE: Thursday, April 21 3:40 p.m. According to authorities, Prince was found unresponsive inside the elevator of his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Cause of death has yet to be determined. — Prince is reportedly dead at 57 years old. According to TMZ, the legendary singer’s body was found at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning. He was previously reported to have been battling the flu. TMZ writes: Authorities responded to a medical emergency at his Paisley Park studio on Thursday morning. The Carver County Sheriff’s department in Chanhassen, Minnesota tells TMZ there has been a fatality, and they’re notifying next of kin. According to the Sheriff’s dept … deputies responded to Paisley Park at 9:43 AM. Prince Rogers Nelson — had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. But he appeared at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was okay. May he rest in peace.

22nd April 2016 12:54


Chris Brown Set To Release “Welcome To My Life” Documentary

Chris Brown has been in the press for all sorts of messiness these past few years, and now he’s ready to tell his own side of the story. The 26-year-old took to Instagram to debut the cover art for his upcoming documentary titled, “Welcome to My Life,” directed by Andrew Sandler and produced by Riveting Entertainment. The tagline featured on the cover reads, “He went from being America’s sweetheart to public enemy number one.” So if we’re interpreting that correctly, it seems Breezy is ready to set the record straight about his past controversies and troubled image. During the course of his 12-year career, Chris went from being a charming young R&B sensation to a bad boy in his own right. His squeaky clean image was marred by the 2009 domestic incident involving his ex-girlfriend Rihanna. He’s also been in a slew of public disputes, beefs with other celebrities and child custody drama. Through it all, Chris has insisted that he’s more of a target than a threat, and pegs his run-ins with the natural pressures that come with fame. No release date for the film has been confirmed, but we’re anxious to see exactly what kind of tea will be spilled.

23rd March 2016 14:15



Wretch 32 first worked with Drum and Bass star Wilkinson back in 2014, when the two collaborated on ‘6 Words’, and now returns the favour by jumping on the producer’s massive new single ‘Flatline’. The track fuses Wilkinson‘s brand of high octane Drum and Bass with Wretch 32‘s lyricism as he reflects on our self-obsessed, social media fuelled generation. “I wanted to do something different with this record,” explains Wilkinson. “I wanted to keep it on a drum and bass tip but work with an artist to bridge the DNB and hip hop scenes in an interesting and distinctly British fashion. I’m into REAL rappers and personally for me, the finest lyricist in the UK is Wretch. He’s a rappers rapper! His punchlines and delivery are incredible and I’m really happy with how the record turned out!”

16th March 2016 14:37


ScHoolboy Q’s New Album Will Arrive This Spring

ScHoolboy Q’s new album is closer to release than you think. Back in January, the TDE rapper teased his forthcoming new single “Groovy Tony” with a 15-second Instagram video. Since then, we haven’t heard much from him, but according to Top Dawg, Q’s album is coming this spring. It’s been two years since ScHoolboy released his major label debut Oxymoron. Now, his album is set to arrive around the same time we’re expecting Drake and Beyonce’s new ones.

26th February 2016 12:38


Gwen Stefani Announces New Album On Twitter

Gwen Stefani released The Sweet Escape back in 2006, but she’s back with her first album in almost a decade. Gwen made the announcement on Twitter with a picture of a handwritten track listing. The album’s presumably titled This Is What The Truth Feels Like…, but it’s not officially confirmed. The 12-track LP features Gwen’s lead single “Used To Love You,” which was a breakup ballad written about her ex-husband Gavin Rossdale. The album’s next single is titled “Make Me Like U,” which could be a message to her new X-Factor bae, Blake Shelton. The tracklisting doesn’t list any features, but in previous interviews, the No Doubt frontwoman mentioned that she was reuniting with frequent collaborator/X-Factor colleague Pharrell Williams. Unfortunately, the album has no release date, but stay tuned; it could be arriving sooner than you think.

12th February 2016 12:50


Jay Z’s Label Countersues Rita Ora For Millions

It’s a sad day for Rita Ora. According to reports, Jay Z’s label, Roc Nation, is suing the UK star for over $2 million. Roc Nation is claiming that Rita did not hold up her half of the contract deal, which required her to produce five albums — the singer has only produced one. Rita’s first album Ora dropped in 2012, and the label also added that millions of dollars were spent on marketing and developing her second album which has yet to be released. The lawsuit comes after the British star filed a claim stating the label stopped giving her adequate attention. She says this happened after the label began managing professional athletes. Rita’s suit went on to state, “As Roc Nation’s interests diversified, there were fewer resources available and the company suffered a revolving door of executives. Rita’s remaining supporters at the label left or moved on to other activities, to the point where she no longer had a relationship with anyone at the company.” According to sources, the dispute may not last very long. Both Rita and Jay both want to sever ties with one another and end this issue as quickly as possible. Howard King, Rita’s attorney, said of the feud, “Jay Z has personally and graciously promised Rita complete freedom from Roc Nation, the details of which are now being finalized. We believe that Roc Nation’s distributor, Sony Music, has required Roc Nation to file this action to preserve whatever rights Sony might have pending resolution.” We’ll see how this case plays out.

4th February 2016 10:50


The Game Pledges To Donate $1,000,000 To Flint, Michigan Amid Current Water Crisis; Rapper Shares Photo Of Bank Wire

The Game has shared a photo of the $500,000 that he has pledged to donate to Flint, Michigan amid the City’s current water crisis. The rapper took to Instagram to share a screenshot of the wire transfer to Avita Water. Despite being on tour in Europe, The Game is still keeping abreast of the latest news and developments at home, in particular the current water crisis that’s impacting the City of Flint, Michigan. Taking to Instagram today (January 26), the Compton, California rapper revealed that he will be donating $500,000 of his own money to Flint’s current water disaster, with the other $500,000 coming from Avita Water, a water producer and bottling company whose water is sourced from Michigan’s Au Sable Forest. The Game also revealed that the first batch of supplies will consist of 1,400 cases of water (the equivalent of around 33,000 bottles) and will be available today from 1pm EST at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. The address is as follows: Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, 2300 Lapeer Rd, Flint, MI 48503. The Game’s Instagram post can be read in its entirety below: So, I’m on tour & not in the US as I’d like to be to help with this water crisis in Flint, Michigan 1st hand….#1 because my younger sister & her children live there & 2nd because I care….. Most of these celebs on here faking using the word “Pledge” in their so called donations are not fooling anyone !!!! The truth is the population in Flint, Michigan is about 105,000 people & it takes at least 9 bottles per person a day just to use to bathe, brush their teeth, drink & cook with… So on behalf my charity@TheRobinHoodProject I am donating $1,000,000 in water…. $500,000 coming out of my own pocket & the other 1/2 being met by @AvitaWater & the 1st drop is being made TODAY 1pm eastern time at “Food Bank East Michigan” 2300 Lapeer Road flint Michigan 48503 & the 1st drop will be 1400 cases of water equaling about 33,000 bottles today & everyday that follows until 1,000,000 bottles of water are dropped !!!! To those who think it’s easy getting this water to Flint, it’s not so the people who are PLEDGING they are, show us…. We want proof !!! Stop using others tragedies for your own celebrity gain… You’re not fooling ANYONE !!!!!!!!! I seen @Madonna &@JimmyFallon’s $10,000 donations….. Well that’s cute, but not nearly enough…. So I challenge both of them & anyone else in the world to match me & DONATE $1,000,000 to Flint, Michigan & we want proof, shipping order receipts, bank wire receipts, pictures etc……….. No more pretending to give a fuck….. I donate money all the time & it comes out of my pocket, out of my bank account & never once have I written anything off on my taxes because that’s not why I do it !!!!!!!! So, if any other celebrity wants to MATCH MY MILLION here’s the site where you can donate or pick your own….. JUST MAKE SURE THE WATER ACTUALLY GETS TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT !!!! & I don’t wanna see anyone else using the word “PLEDGE” in their donation or press release because we all know that that means…. “YOU JUST TALKING & TRYING TO MAKE YOURSELF LOOK LIKE A HUMANITARIAN” !!!#WaterForFlint #TheRobinHoodProject#AvitaH20Corp #SelfmadeFoundation

29th January 2016 12:52


Kanye West In the Studio Working With Kendrick Lamar & Swizz Beatz

As fans patiently wait for Kanye West to deliver his next project, Swish, the producer jumped on Twitter to share what he’s up to regarding the album. According to his tweets, Yeezy was recently in the studio with Kendrick Lamar and Swizz Beatz. West posted a photo of him and K.Dot lounging in the studio. “We just wanna thank Madlib for these 6 beat CDs he sent over #scary,” he tweeted. If they sound anything like “No More Parties in L.A.,” then expect some serious heat. The G.O.O.D. Music leader also posted a photo of a classic SP-1200 drum machine. “Had to do it,” he wrote. Hopefully, this means that West going back to the basics and giving us that soul-sampled, “Runaway” type of production. While all of this is exciting. We couldn’t be more joyful that Swizz Beatz is in the studio — possibly supervising the session — and working with Yeezy as well. Swizzy posted one photo on his Instagram account of himself, West, Don C and CyHi the Prynce in the studio together. This is especially telling because last year, CyHi dropped a purported diss song aimed at West and many thought that he was leaving the G.O.O.D. Music family. Well, it looks like things are back to normal between the two. Overall, it seems that West is still putting the finishing touches on Swish. The 38-year-old rapper-producer has only a couple of weeks left to complete the project if he plans to release the album on Feb. 11. In the meantime, enjoy the photos below. And yes, Yeezy Season has begun!

25th January 2016 11:34


RZA Breaks Silence On Martin Shkreli Album Feud: “He Bought It, He Can Do What He Wants

In a new interview with Bloomberg TV, RZA revealed how he feels about selling the Wu-Tang Clan‘s one-of-a-kind album to ‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli for $2 million. And surprisingly, RZA isn’t too worried about Shkreli’s controversial public persona; the prolific rapper says Shkreli can do whatever he wants with the album. “He bought it, he can do what he wants. Art—the beautiful thing about art, from my standpoint, is that it has no discrimination,” said RZA. The interviewer then asked RZA how he felt about Shkreli calling him arrogant when Wu-Tang reportedly distanced themselves from the sale after the executive’s unsavory business practices were revealed. Shkreli was later arrested on charges related to securities fraud. Regarding RZA, Shkreli told HipHopDX in an interview, “He definitely acts like his s— doesn’t stink and he invented rap. This concept of selling one album, this s—’s backfiring for him now.” RZA responded in the best way possible – by not taking Shkreli’s claims so seriously. “What could backfire from creating a piece of art, having an idea, and to see it grow into fruition? As far as me being arrogant, it depends on what day you catch me, baby.”

8th January 2016 13:53


T-Pain Returns to NPR and Performs a Stripped-Down Concert Set

A year after shocking the world with his fantastic vocal performance without Auto-Tune on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, T-Pain returns to NPR for an encore performance. The rappa-ternt-sanga performed some of his biggest hits, including “Tipsy,” “Can’t Believe It,” “Bartender” as well as a cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.” T-Pain also performed a new song from his new album, Stoicville: The Phoenix, called “Officially Yours.” Not only did the concert marked the one year anniversary since the “I’m Sprung” singer performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk — crafting the most popular performance in the series of all time — it’s also the ten year anniversary since T-Pain’s debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, was released. And the 30-year-old singer spoke to Billboard about the ground-breaking album. “I didn’t know what was cool or wasn’t cool — I was just going off life. It was just a story at that point. I wasn’t the clever type in the studio,” he recalls. “I wasn’t the type to come up with the new dances or the new sayings so I just figured why not share stories of what I did today? I can tell that story in four different ways from different perspectives so at the time, I wasn’t trying to think of it as anything special, anything very different. I just thought I was telling the truth.” He also said that Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak is a “direct copy” of his debut album. “I’m not just being a d— saying that s— sounds a lot like mine. Like literally [Kanye] told me that he listened toRappa Ternt Sanga and he made 808s & Heartbreaks. He even brought me in to make it sound more like Rappa Ternt Sanga.” [Laughs.] “Something that I did that was directly copied got so many awards — that’s evidence right there,” he adds. “Rappa Ternt Sanga is still relevant because the sound is still prevalent in the whole industry. It’s never gonna stop.’ Check out the T-Pain’s Tiny Desk concert above.

11th December 2015 11:23


Hip-Hop Legends A Tribe Called Quest Reunited On ‘The Tonight Show’

When A Tribe Called Quest played two shows opening for Kanye West in 2013, they thought they would be their last. Now, the legendary hip hop group has reunited for a second time for a performance on “The Tonight Show” where they performed their 1991 hit “Can I Kick It?” The group got the TV studio’s whole audience to stand up for an upbeat and spirited rendition of “Can I Kick It?” — and Jimmy Fallon himself just about lost his mind. Watch the performance below.

17th November 2015 15:19


Radio2funky Goes FM!

4 - 31 October Leicester’s Black History Month now has its own dedicated radio station – Radio2Funky 95.1FM Tune in, throughout October, for broadcasts on the history of Black music, arts, culture and society in Leicester from the last 67 years. Find out about events happening as part of Black History Month 2015, and listen to heritage interviews, historical speakers and music of Black origin. Young volunteers are taking over Radio2Funky throughout the festival.

28th September 2015 22:47


Minaj feuds explode and blow over at the VMAs

The beef exploded after Nicki slammed Miley Cyrus live on air. The rapper was accepting an for Best Hip Hop video and just before wrapping up her speech she blatantly cussed Miley, who served as host of the 2015 MTV VMAs. 'And now back to this b***h who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what's good?' Nicki sneered. Miley responded without batting an eye, saying: 'Hey we're all in this industry, we all do interviews and we all know how they manipulate.'

31st August 2015 13:09


Sean Price Dead

Sean Price, Brooklyn rapper and member of the hip-hop groups Heltah Skeltah, Boot Camp Clik and Random Axe, died Saturday morning at the age of 43. DJ Premier first revealed Price's death, posting on Instagram, "R.I.P. Ruck… Love and Respect to The Duck Down Family!!! #SeanPrice." Price's wife also confirmed the rapper's death on Facebook Read more: Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook

10th August 2015 22:34


Dumped over Skepta Tattoo

It seems Grime MC Skepta is becoming broadly popular, and it’s safe to say 2015 has already been a big year for him. Grime music has often been shunned from mainstream British media, but international artist such as Kayne West and Drake have shown a good amount of support for the scene. With his expanding fame, the latest news of holiday go-er Liam Scott being dumped for his ‘Skepta tattoo’, is trending on social media. The ‘Shutdown’ fan did gain a friendly response from Skepta, advising him “Plenty more fish in the sea bro.”

21st July 2015 15:07


P Diddy and Bad Boy Records B.E.T Reunion

Sunday nights BET awards had various ups and downs, but the notorious Bad-Boy crews’ surprise performance was definitely the highlight of the evening. Despite front man P Diddy’s mishap, falling through the stage mid-performance, the star continued as if it didn’t happen. The performance consisted of classic throw-backs by the likes of Mase, Lil Kim, 112 and Lox.

2nd July 2015 10:35


Nas And Drake Star In Sprite’s “Obey Your Verse” Commercial

Sprite announced earlier this week that it was featuring Nas, Drake, The Notorious B.I.G. and Rakim lines on limited edition cans for the “Obey Your Thirst” promotion. The commercial debuted today. It features Drake and Nas, a lot of slow motion and some mutual respect. The best part about it is we can finally retire that damn Robot Drake commercial.

15th June 2015 21:52


Ice Cube Will Reunite With Some Members Of N.W.A At Upcoming Concert, But Where’s Dr. Dre?

Prior to the release of the forthcoming N.W.A biopic, Ice Cube will reunite onstage with group members MC Ren and DJ Yella at BET’s Experience concert on June 27 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the rapper recently told Rolling Stone.

9th June 2015 11:02


Five Arrested On Set Of Music Video Starring French Montana, Ja Rule, & Busta Rhymes

Five people have been arrested on set of a French Montana, Busta Rhymes and Ja Rule music video in Brooklyn, New York. NY Daily News reports: Three men and two women — including the set security guard — were facing weapons and drug charges after plainclothes cops infiltrated the shoot behind a Fulton St. Bravo Supermarket in East New York at about 6:15 p.m. and spotted the illegal hardware, officials said.

1st June 2015 13:38


Hundreds Gather To Lay Rapper Chinx To Rest In Queens

The murder of Chinx has shocked the hip-hop community, but his loved ones are the ones really feeling his loss. Funeral services for the Coke Boyz rapper, whose real name is Lionel Pickens, were held in Queens, New York earlier today, where friends, family, and fans gathered to say their goodbyes as he was laid to rest.

27th May 2015 21:02




WILL-E - One Man Show Plus Support

2nd July 2016 8pm til 11pm

Get Ready For An Explosive Evening With Will-E Like You Have Never Seen Him Before And See Why He Was P.diddy's No.1 Bad Boy Of Comedy!!



19th August 2016 7pm til 11:55pm

As part of his UK tour and in conjunction with his new album, catch Julian Marley live with his full band. £15 earlybird tickets £20 standard tickets



26th October 2016 7pm til 11:55pm

To celebrate ten years since my 1st album I'll be doing a #10YearsOfAkala tour, our largest tour yet! more info coming soon



28th October 2016 7pm til 11:55pm

2Funky Arts & Punch Records presents Lovers Rock icons Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson and Victor Romero Evans come together to celebrate its golden years.